From the day it first appeared at the 1964 New York Auto Show, Subeam’s fabulous Tiger has maintained a loyal and passionate following from a group of dedicated enthusiasts. Commonly attributed as a Carroll Shelby project, the initial idea of shoehorning a V8 into the capable but underpowered Alpine actually came via none other than Jack Brabham. The champion Formula 1 driver and constructor had a close relationship with Rootes Group, running a successful tuning operation that specialized in Sunbeam automobiles, so he had firsthand experience with the Alpine’s potential – and limitations. Brabham made his suggestion to Rootes Competitions Manager Norman Garrad, who then relayed the idea to his son Ian, who happened to be acting as West Coast Sales Manager for Rootes American. Ian set about finding a suitable engine that would fit in the tiny Alpine’s bay. Using precision techniques (sending his service manager to various dealers armed with a wooden yardstick), it was determined Ford’s compact new 260 cubic inch V8 would be perfect for their project. Ian Garrad then contacted the nearby workshops run by his neighbor Carroll Shelby for a quote to construct the first prototype. As an interesting side note, Shelby was paid $10,000 and allowed eight weeks to build the first prototype, but Garrad was terribly impatient to learn if the project would even be feasible, so he gave a second Alpine along with $800, a Ford V8 and 2 speed automatic transmission to Ken Miles. In about a week, Miles had a running and driving car! The final car would of course be much more refined and feature things like rack and pinion steering, uprated suspension, and disc brakes. Shelby had hoped to secure the contract to produce the car, but Rootes Group decided to give the job to Jensen in West Bromwich, England, though Shelby’s efforts in developing the car were rewarded in the form of a royalty on every single one built. The Sunbeam Tiger would prove to be one of the happiest of the Anglo-American hybrids. Ford’s 260 V8 gave plenty of “go” but was light enough to allow for balanced handling. The Tiger would gain cult status, spawning a vigorous club scene and countless passionate enthusiasts who would go on to preserve, maintain, modify and race their “baby Cobras” the world over. As often comes with American V8 engines, the urge to modify and race these cars was strong, and as a result many cars have been heavily reworked, raced, crashed and hastily repaired, so to find an absolutely correct example restored to factory-correct specification is a very rare occasion, indeed. On offer is such an example: A truly outstanding 1965 Sunbeam Tiger MkI that has been fabulously restored to its original, very rare and very attractive colors of Balmoral Gray over a blue interior set off with a contrasting factory hard top. This car has its all-important STOA Certificate of Authenticity, having been inspected and validated in 2011. Its known history dates back to the mid-1970s in California, where receipts and records show the car was well maintained and driven regularly. Included photos from the late 70s show it in red over black livery, wearing aftermarket wheels that were somewhat dubious but de rigueur for the time. Those photos also show the car in very good condition and in the company of numerous other Tigers, revealing it was owned and enjoyed by a true enthusiast who cherished his Sunbeams. It passed to another California owner before being discovered in 2006 by Neal Wichard of La Jolla California. The car was remarkably original, still wearing its factory hard top and in very sound, but slightly tired condition. In 2007, Mr. Wichard commissioned Cobra and Tiger restoration experts Doug Pratt and Tom Shelby (Carroll’s nephew) of Only Yesterday Classic Autos to perform an exacting, nut-and-bolt restoration to factory correct standards. This is one of just 27 Tigers originally finished in Balmoral Gray and its looks simply resplendent, particularly with the contrasting blue hard top in place. Fit, finish and paint quality are exquisite, with outstanding bodywork and panel gaps. Chrome and bright trim quality equals that of the paint and body, and the car now rides on a set of period appropriate Minilite alloy wheels. The interior was fully restored to original specs as well, with correct grain vinyl material in medium blue, piped in navy blue. The cockpit fittings are thoroughly correct and excellently presented, with high quality and correct materials used throughout. The correct original steering wheel and shift lever remain in place, as is a wonderful, period-correct Radiomobile 1070 radio. Beneath the factory hard tonneau cover resides a navy blue soft top in hard-wearing Haartz canvas. No detail has been overlooked and the boot has been fully restored to correct standards, while under the floor resides the correct original jack, handle, and tool kit. As one would expect from such a high level restoration, the Ford 260 V8 is fully detailed to factory correct standards. It seems there’s always a temptation to modify an American V8, but thankfully this car has been left in factory correct specification. The undercarriage is similarly exquisite; fully detailed with correct Koni shock absorbers, and outstanding quality finishes. The expert restoration translates into a car that not only looks the part, but one that runs and drives beautifully. All of the effort on the part of the past owner and the restorers has resulted in numerous awards and accolades. The car earned two Best in Show awards at Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association concours in 2011, a Best in Show at the SAAC meet in Santa Monica the same year, as well as having been exhibited on the lawn at the prestigious Quail Motorsports Gathering in 2010. This Tiger remains exquisite, and is easily counted among the finest Sunbeam Tigers extant, ready to join any collection of important high-performance cars.
£39950 Originally registered as OGK 5, our early Alpine 1 was exported in July 1953, and returned to the UK in August of the same year. Little is known of the car’s earlier history, aside from it was barn stored in the mid 1960’s and did not re-emerge until 2001. It was pictured in Classic & Car Mart Finds and Discoveries in June 2002. On sale the number was retained by the previous owner, and the Alpine was allocated AAS 378, which it carries today. Following the sale the car was subject to both a mechanical and bodywork restoration with a new interior being fitted at the same time. The works carried out at the time are detailed within the history file together with invoices and bills from 2001 onwards. Very recently the car has been through our workshops were work to the suspension and steering has been carried out. On checking the MOT records, the Alpine has only covered just under 3500 miles since recovered in 2001. An older restoration, providing a very usable car, in very good condition. Mechanically the car has been well looked after, cosmetically the interior was replaced when the car was last restored. History file containing as found pictures, together with bills and invo
Fully restored, very rear car,original colour sunbeam with certificate, for lovers of vintage cars and collectors, I started with restoring another the same car, can write for additional information , oldtimer certificate,... I will sell the car to the highest offer. Selling my restored Sunbeam Hillman IMP, year 1971. I bought the car back in 2015 and spend in overall over 1000 hours in restoring the car. The body and condition of the car are in excellent shape. Driven recreational and competed (successfully) in several vintage car competitions. The Hillman Imp is a small economy car made by the Rootes Group and its successor Chrysler Europe from 1963 until 1976. It was the first mass-produced car with the engine block and cylinder head cast in aluminium. In addition to its aluminium engine, it was the first British car to have an engine in the back and the first car to use a diaphragm spring clutch. Engine The Imp uses an 875 cc all-aluminium power unit, adapted by Rootes from a Coventry Climax FWMA fire pump engine. My work includes engine restoration and new engine gaskets. Interior Interior completely restored in red leather, dark blue floor, new sealing with properly restored dials. Exterior Brought back to its original Electric Blue color (with written origin), layers of body protection properly added as well as new painting. Entirely new or restored chrome exterior also added around the car Transmission 4 Speed Manual transmission is smooth and responsive. No noises or unusual behavior. Braking, Steering Front disc brakes are excellent and operating properly. Steering is precise and on point. Fresh Alignment. Battery New battery Among other things the car was at first properly dismantled,the mechanical parts are either new or restored, chassis in wonderful shape and the audio system is renewed including the installation. In case of any more information please send me a massage and I will happily come back to you. IMPORTANT - see official statement of the car below: www.addimotive.com/over-restored-1971-sunbeam-imp
1967 SUNBEAM ALPINE MK5 1725cc Arriving very soon is a very nice Sunbeam Alpine Mk5.In red with contrasting black interior,recent new,full sills,chrome wire wheels and in very nice condition inside & out. (lib pic) Please enquire for further details and to arrange a viewing.
There were only 536 Mk2 Sunbeam Tigers built in total, and officially there were no right hand drive home market cars available. However, 12 RHD examples were made : 2 press cars, 4 dealer demonstrator cars, and 6 Metropolitan Police Cars. The Mk2 was rather different from the 1st series of Tigers. Most importantly, it had the 289ci V8 engine as used in the AC Cobra, Ford GT40 and Mustang. The suspension and steering were improved, and it had an egg crate style grill. The example we are offering is one of these 6 ex-Metropolitan Police Cars. Delivered new on 08.06.1967 to the Police Force at Wembley, London, wearing the NYL558E registration. The Tiger was used as high speed pursuit car on the northern roads of Greater London. After two years and 64.488 miles, NYL was decommissioned on 17.10.1969 and sold at auction. The car had 4 owners since, and a complete rebuild in 1986. It is still in fantastic condition and incredibly well documented. Even the original Rootes owners handbook and Roadcraft Police Drivers Manual are still with the car. MOT's are going back as far as 1979, and many period pictures and a photographic record of the rebuild are also in the documentation file. The c
The Rootes Group was once a powerhouse of the British motor industry. In the late 1920s, the Rootes brothers, Reginald and William, expanded their distribution businesses with the goal of manufacturing the same products they sell. Rather than start small, they began by buying up a number of well-known British automobile manufacturers, eventually building a large conglomerate that included Humber, Hillman, Singer, Sunbeam, and Talbot as well as Commer and Karrier trucks. Prior to their inclusion in the Rootes Group, Sunbeam and Talbot had independently made upmarket sporting saloons and touring cars. When they came under the umbrella of the Rootes brothers (Sunbeam was acquired from receivership in 1935) the two marques were combined to form Sunbeam-Talbot. Rootes had little use for motorsports; however, rallying was a seen as an ideal proving ground to demonstrate the toughness and reliability of their motorcars. Rallying at the time was less about outright speed and more about robustness and reliability – which suited the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Saloon quite well indeed. Success in events such as the Tulip Rally and Monte Carlo Rally (with the likes of Stirling Moss, John Fitch and others as drivers) gave company brass confidence in offering a new sports car. The new car was marketed solely as a Sunbeam – primarily to avoid confusion in the French market where the unrelated Talbot-Lago was still offered. Based largely upon the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 saloon car, the new two seat sports car wore a smartly styled body that was based upon the design of the saloon but freshened (reputedly for American tastes) by Raymond Loewy Studios. The handsome, sweeping body was produced in steel by Rootes’ in-house coachbuilder, Thrupp & Maberly. Although the car was more than a bit over weight when compared to its purpose built rivals such as the Austin-Healey 100 and Triumph TR-2, the 80hp high-compression engine returned respectable performance and it was rugged and reliable enough to handle the stress of rallying. More successes came at the hands of Stirling Moss and others, and the Alpine Sports Roadster served its purpose as a publicity machine quite well. The original Alpine roadster was built for only two years, from 1953 to 1955, with just 1,582 examples produced. The name did not appear again until 1959 when a smaller, lighter and more purposeful Alpine was introduced, based on the Hillman Minx. While the original Sunbeam Alpine was never a road burning sports car, it is certainly a stylish and enjoyable automobile with interesting and colorful competition history. Our featured 1953 Sunbeam Alpine is a good, complete example that has recently come out of long-term storage. It presents in fair condition, with some corrosion evident on the body and floor pans. Importantly, it has not been disassembled and scattered so if a restoration were commissioned, it would be a relatively straightforward undertaking. Despite the corrosion, it is still a good looking car finished in white over a red interior. The paint is average but presentable and the body is fairly straight and appears free of any major crash damage or serious structural deficiencies. The Alpine was notably devoid of most heavy-handed bright exterior trim and mouldings (even exterior door handles were left off) and the result is a smooth and tidy look. What chrome there is on the grille and bumpers is in fair order; straight and with minimal pitting in the plating. The red interior is also in good order, and can likely be freshened up and enjoyed as is, or restored as the next owner sees fit. There is a black vinyl top in good condition and the frame is intact and in good order. Over the years, many owners have modified their Alpines in search of more horsepower (rumor has it that a 289 fits!) with sometimes dubious results. Thankfully, this example remains stock and original. The engine is mated to a manual transmission with column shift. The car will require a full mechanical recommissioning before hitting the road. This Sunbeam Alpine is a good candidate for restoration or conversion into a period rally car. Rare and attractive, it is an interesting example of what Brits believed Americans desired in a sporting car, and the model brings additional cachet of period competition success at the hands of some legendary drivers.
(SOLD) If you've wanted to get into driving, enjoying, and collecting a classic vehicle but don't have the need to acquire a fully restored show car or trailer queen, then we have just the car for you. Here is a wonderful opportunity to own a vintage sports car at an introductory level price. This driver/project level California black plate Sunbeam Alpine Mark II is a true classic, and would give the new enthusiast a great start in building their collection. At the same time, the roadster stands as an exceptional candidate to take to a higher level as you drive and enjoy the vehicle. The previous owner inherited the roadster, and was an active duty U.S. Air Force mechanic who regularly serviced and maintained the car at his garage in the Coronado community of San Diego, CA. During his ownership, his primary goal was to make this car an enjoyable, dependable driver that would be ideal for drives along the coast, cruising on warm summer nights, and to simply turn heads of admirers of such unique retro automobiles. The car includes a fairly new convertible top, along with many original materials including the original owner’s special tuning guide, lubrication charts, Sunbeam catalogs,
(SOLD) Here is a great opportunity to own an impressive, numbers matching classic sports car. This Sunbeam Tiger is a real, true classic with muscle. This handsomely restored Tiger is fitted with the 260 V8 and four speed transmission. It has undergone a recent restoration by Classic Showcase of Oceanside, CA with all systems gone through, and a full vehicle detail inside and out, as well as the undercarriage. During the restoration all new suspensions components were installed, the brite work was redone as needed, the top bows were restored for the new fitted soft top, the instruments were gone through; new rubber was installed; a new stainless steel exhaust system was installed; the car was wet sanded and buffed after it received new paint to a brilliant finish, new carpets were fitted and installed in the car, and all new upholstered panels were installed in the trunk. It comes complete with the Tiger tool roll, owner’s manual, and Rootes Heritage Certificate of Authenticity. This is a fabulous example to show or drive!